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In New Zealand in the 1960&

s, Burt Munro takes a 1920 Indian motorcycle and, delightfully without resources other than his own obsession, spends his retirement rebuilding the bike to follow his dream to set a land speed record at the Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Cauffiel, Saginaw Grant.

PG-13 for brief language, drug use and a sexual reference/127 min.

16 Blocks

A troubled NYPD officer is forced to take a happy, but down-on-his-luck witness 16 blocks from the police station to another location, but no one wants the duo to make it. Directed by Richard Donner (&

Lethal Weapon&

); Starring Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse.

PG-13 for violence, intense sequences of action, and some strong language/102 min.

Ultraviolet

A woman is caught in a futuristic civil war between the government and a subculture of modified humans in whom speed, strength and intelligence are magnified, and finds herself protecting a 9-year-old boy. Milla Jovovich, Cameron Bright.

PG-13 for sequences of violent action throughout, partial nudity and language/88 min.

Aquamarine

At the bottom of the murky pool at the Capri Beach Club, a mermaid with a sharp tongue and a broken heart is found by Halley and Claire, who learn friendship is forever, and magic can be found in the most unexpected places. Based on the novel by Alice Hoffman. Joanna Levesque, Emma Roberts, Arielle Kebbel.

PG for mild language and sensuality/109 min.

Match Point

Academy Award Nominee - Best Original Screenplay. A former tennis pro is used to falling just short in his life. But when he befriends an aristocrat, he realizes he may be in reach of a life to which he never could have aspired. But his attraction to a femme fatale could end that dream. Written and Directed by Woody Allen Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Brian Cox, Penelope Wilton.

R for some sexuality/124 min.

Mrs. Henderson Presents

2 Academy Award Nominations - Best Actress (Judi Dench), Costume Design. Based on a true story, a widowed society woman in the 1930&

s purchases an abandoned West End theater as a means to help her pass the time. She enlists an experienced producer to help create Paris-inspired vaudeville revues which break taboos in the staid English society of the times by featuring artfully posed nude women amidst the musical shenanigans. Directed by Stephen Frears (&

High Fidelity&

, &

My Beautiful Launderette&

); Starring Bob Hoskins, Judi Dench, Christopher Guest.

R for nudity and brief language/114 min.

Transamerica

Academy Award Nominee - Best Actress Felicity Huffman. An uptight male-to-female transsexual, Bree, readying herself for the final &

snip&

that will make her womanly transition complete, receives a phone call from New York that her son has been jailed - a son she didn&

t know she had. Her therapist refuses to give her written permission to have the final part of her sex-change operation if she doesn&

t go, so Bree heads east from her California home. Thinking Bree is a Christian missionary, gay hustler son Toby informs her of his intention to become a porn star on the west coast, which brings out plenty of motherly instincts in the worried cross-gender Bree. So the two take a road trip back west, with Bree flailing in her attempts to tell Toby the truths about who she is and what she once was. Felicity Huffman, Fionnula Flanagan, Graham Greene.

R for sexual content, nudity, language and drug use/104 min.

Brokeback Mountain

8 Academy Award nominations - Best Picture, Director (Ang Lee), Actor (Heath Ledger), Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams), Supporting Actor (Jake Gyllenhaal), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Original Score The story about a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years. Directed by Ang Lee (&

Crouch Tiger, Hidden Dragon&

, &

Sense and Sensibility&

, &

Ice Storm&

) Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Randy Quaid.

R for sexuality, nudity, language and some violence/134 min.

Eight Below

A scientific expedition is forced to leave behind their team of beloved sled dogs due to an unexpected accident and perilous weather conditions in Antarctica. The dogs struggle to survive alone in the intense frozen wilderness until a rescue is attempted. Paul Walker, Jason Biggs, Bruce Greenwood.

G for some peril and brief mild language/120 min.

Shaggy Dog

An assistant DA on the fast track has just been handed the perfect slam dunk case, but he&

s fouled out with his family. When a mysterious bite turns him into a dog, he gets a new perspective on things. Tim Allen, Danny Glover, Kristin Davis, Spencer Breslin, Robert Downey, Jr.

PG for some mild, rude humor/99 min.

Hills Have Eyes

A family road trip goes terrifyingly wrong when the travelers become stranded in a government atomic zone. What seems to be an uninhabited wasteland is actually the breeding ground of a blood-thirsty family of mutants. A new take on the 1977 Wes Craven classic. Aaron Stanford, Dan Byrd, Emile De Ravin, Kathleen Quinlan.

R for strong, guresome violence, terror throughout and language/105 min.

Failure to Launch

A 30-something guy meets a great girl, but won&

t move out of his parents&

. Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zooey Deschanel.

PG-13 for sexual content, partial nudity and language/96 min.

Libertine

Johnny Depp stars as the scandalously decadent John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester. The film follows the Earl&

s adventures in London, from his passionate romance with a young actress to the writing of a scurrilous play that blisteringly and bawdily lampoons the very monarch who commissioned it, Charles II. Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton, John Malkovich.

R for strong sexuality including dialogue, violence and language/114 min.